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July 11 – 21, 2022. Online.

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About the Institute

SPLC is proud to announce that we are now accepting applications for our New Voices Student Leaders Institute, a free online program for students to improve their leadership and organizing skills, develop their role as leaders within the New Voices movement, and identify a  strategy that could be instrumental in your state’s New Voices efforts. 

Participants in the all-online program will be joined by SPLC staff, New Voices leaders, and special guests to learn their unique capacity as organizers, deepen their understanding of civics, lobbying and press freedom, and expand their ability to act as advocates. By the end of the Institute, Student Leaders will identify the pressing needs in their state and the unique ways in which students can respond, as well as possess the tools necessary to combat these challenges. Student leaders will also receive regular feedback and check-ins from New Voices advocates and SPLC staff, as well as bonus surprises throughout the school year.

The Institute will run from July 11-21, and participants should expect to participate from Monday – Thursday from 1pm-4pm Eastern/10am-1pm Pacific time.

Participation in the Institute is free, but students will commit to serve as student leaders in the New Voices movement during the 2022-2023 advocacy year. Student leaders will:

  • Identify the unique outreach and/or organizing needs within their state, and develop a strategic plan to achieve desired outcomes;
  • Attend regular Zoom strategy sessions and trainings throughout the school year (dates TBD); and
  • Engage with key New Voices advocates in their state on the overall advocacy plan.

Who can participate?

To attend, students must be a rising high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior student who has demonstrated previous interest in the New Voices movement. Prior participation in organizing, lobbying or testifying is not required, but may be helpful. Attendance is limited, with no more than three students from each state, and a recommendation from an adviser or active New Voices advocate is required (see below).


Contact Advocacy and Organizing Director Hillary Davis at

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DEADLINE EXTENDED. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but are due no later than June 10. Participant decisions will be made no later than June 14.

Previous Institutes:

  • 2021 New Voices Student Leaders Institute - New in 2021: Beginning advocates welcome! The Institute will include two tracks, one for experienced New Voices advocates who want to take their leadership and organizing skills to the next level, and one for new advocates who want to be a big part of New Voices.
  • 2020 New Voices Student Leaders Institute - SPLC is proud to launch the first-ever NEW VOICES STUDENT LEADERS INSTITUTE, a program for students to develop their leadership and organizing skills and expand their role as leaders within the New Voices movement.